Product Reviews

Morgana RDC

Morgana hopes to build on its stealthy early entry into the rotary die-cutter market by making more noise about its new machine, Words by Barney Cox

What does it do?
The RDC is a small-format rotary die-cutter that uses metal dies for cutting, kiss cutting, scoring and perforating. Like similar machines from Duplo and Horizon it is a reimagining of the ubiquitous converted Heidelberg Cylinder updated for the digital age. That is to say to handle today’s needs for ease-of-use, fast setup with minimal make-ready waste and as little operator attention as possible.

Speed 4,500 sheets per hour
Max sheet size 368x508mm
Substrate thickness 120-400gsm
Price $76,415 around

When was it launched and what market is it aimed at?
Morgana first

Roland VersaExpress RF-640 8 Colour

An extended inkset makes this eco-solvent stalwart stand out, Words by Barney Cox

What does it do?
Based on Roland DG’s established VersaExpress RF-640 1.6m/64in roll-fed eco-solvent printer, the new eight-colour incarnation adds orange, green, red and light black to the standard CMYK set and is the first eco-solvent machine to offer that configuration of colours.
“It reaches the colours that other eco-solvents can’t, enabling it to hit 99% of the Pantone+ solid coated colour range,” says Roland

IMP Software

A single software that handles estimation & layout planning for sheetfed & web offset, digital, large format, flexo and digital web presses.

What does the software do?
The software generates Cost Based Print Ready Layouts such as imposition for books, step & repeat and nesting for die cut jobs like folding cartons, blisters, labels and signage. Optimise hundreds of jobs of different sizes, shapes, varying quantities and colours employing a highly sophisticated ganging algorithm.
It is

EFI Vutek h3

A next generation mid-range hybrid built entirely from the ground up, words by Richard Stuart-Turner.

What does it do?
The belt-driven 3.2m-wide h3 is built to sit above the GS and just below the HS in EFI’s Vutek printer portfolio, but is a completely new hybrid platform that is not based on either.
With three rows of Ricoh Gen 5 printheads that have a minimum drop size of 7pl and operates in greyscale mode, the 10-channel machine can print up to nine layers in a single pass and runs at up to